Or should I say…
Where Have I Been?
Where have I been is a very good question? I have been here, busily working. Early this year I decided to change the focus of my website to reflect where my art venture has taken me. I have come to realize that doing something well takes time, but I am still here and I am excited to give everyone a glimpse into what has been keeping me so busy.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s start there.
…I love screen printing apparel, and creating unique designs.
Along with creating beautiful designs and screen printing, I think it is very important to be aware of the impact that we are having on our environment, and be proactive in making changes that will have less of an impact.
Combining these two elements, screen printing and the environment, took me down a long path of research, exploration, seeking industry advice, consulting with other artists, and lots of practice. I have a box full of shirts that have become shop rags to prove it.
Using plastisol inks would have been easier.
- Plastisol inks print well on all fibers, not just natural fibers.
inks that I like, is a little tricky, especially here in Canada. water based
- Plastisol inks print well on dark shirts.
- Plastisol inks won’t dry in the screen.
Plastisol ink would have saved me many
So, why even bother with water based inks?
- Water based ink is better for our environment, and that is the number one reason for me.
- No harsh chemicals are used in the cleanup.
- The feel of the water based prints is softer than plastisol.
- New advancements in water based ink are making them easiler to use allowing artists to create halftones, detailed work, and produce beautiful rich images.
- Working with water based inks means I have to work with natural fibers, which can be harder to source and a little on the pricey side, but it is exactly the path I want to head down. Products made with natural fibers are sustainable, biodegradable, better for our skin, and last longer than synthetic fibers. I am still working on the best way to incorporate natural fibers into my art line, so stay tuned as I work through the progress. I will post updates on my progress, sources, and any useful information that I find along the way.
…pulling ink is so much fun.
Yes, I love our home, and that is why it is so important for me to do this right. As I proceed forward I want to learn, grow, and educate for the better of our planet. It would be a sad day for me (and our planet) if I no longer encountered beautiful creatures on my hikes with my family.
So that, in a nutshell is where I have been.
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